Sunday, June 25, 2017

Curated Combination

Curated Combination

Curated Combination

Curated Combination

Curated Combination

Curated Combination

Curated Combination

Curated Combination

Curated Combination

If you follow my Instagram stories, you may have come across me talking about a really fab subscription box I received last month. The Curated Combination box has really impressed me and I'm excited to share my opinions with you all! 

Curated Combination was created by Sam from Little Fickle and Katy from The Lilac Scrapbook. I have been following both of these girls right from when I started blogging, two and a half years ago. I have always had a lot of respect for the two girls and I was so excited when they got in touch. It's really lovely to be able to support fellow bloggers.

The subscription box has been curated for bloggers, full of beauty goodies and the like. It costs £12.50 including postage, which I personally think is a huge bargain as all the products are full sized. And I got some real treats in my box!

First of all, I got Toni & Guy Nourish & Cleanse Shampoo and Conditioner for dry hair. This was excellent timing as my shampoo and conditioner had recently run out! I have been using them and I really like them. My hair often does need an extra boost, apparently bleaching hair does not do too many wonders for keeping your hair in good condition! The products have really helped to keep my hair well conditioned and soft. I don't want to brag but my hair is smelling pretty good at the moment. 

The Ark Pre Cleanse & Make-Up Remover has been a favourite for me. I love me a good cleanser to remove my makeup, and this one is fab. It is an oil which you rub all over your face and then rinse off with water. It is quite a thin formula, which means you don't have to use much. I have found it to work really well, even on my stubborn lash glue! It smells lovely as well, a lovely lavender scent. I tend to use a muslin cloth to wash it off though instead of just water alone. This works just as well!

Next up is the Bramley Hand Cream. To be honest, I'm not the biggest hand cream person. My hands aren't particularly dry and I find the lotion a little bit annoying when I'm trying to get on with things. However, it does smell amazing and does make your hands feel really soft. Another lavender product, but it does smell quite floral. I'm sure my Mum will love having this in her bathroom when I head home for Summer! 

The more random of the goodies was the Portlebay Popcorn in Sherbet Lemon. I've had a quick look on their website and there are SO many cool flavours, for example Very Berry and Cinnamon Swirl. I didn't think I would like the popcorn much, but I have been munching through them while writing this post and they're SO GOOD. They really taste like sherbet lemon! It is an odd combo, but it really works. Plus the packet is so full! No Walkers half full packet funny business going on here! 

The most used product for me has definitely been the Gosh Infinity Eyeliner Carbon Black. Another product that I was running out of and needed a new one! The formula is soft and creamy, something very important for me and my sore eyelids. The formula is super pigmented, quite essential in an eyeliner if you ask me. It hasn't gone down too quickly on me at all. It's great if you want to smoke out your eyeliner a little as well. The formula lends itself well to it and the smudger on the other end smokes it out beautifully. I have been using it in my waterline and just on the top of my lids to cover up the false lash band! Really like this product. 

One big surprise to me was the Makeup Geek Plush Lip Cream! The matte cream is a beautiful red colour, as shown in the swatches, called Beauty Queen. The formula is really lovely on the lip, very creamy and not drying at all. It dries really matte on the lip, and I do love a good matte! It is a lip cream, so its staying power is a little less than that of a liquid lipstick but it does last fairly well. I did have to reapply when I ate, but I didn't need to apply much! The applicator is super soft and easy to use, perfect for getting the shape you want.

And last of all, of course I needed a little canvas bag to pop all of my goodies in! I love the purple and rose gold design of this bag, very blogger-esque. It's been super handy for me to store the ridiculous amount of stuff I own! 

I think that concludes my review of the Curated Combination box! I would highly recommend it to bloggers who want to try out some new products without breaking the bank. £12.50 including postage is ridiculously good for all of these full sized products. I have just done a little calculation and if I had bought them separately, it would have cost around £80!! If that isn't enough to sell you, I don't know what is. 

Let me know what your thoughts are about the box. I've been really impressed by it! Thank you for reading.

Love, Gweni xxx


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Acid Erosion

Toothstars

Tips on dealing with acid erosion

help with teeth toothstars

For the last 6 years or so I have been dealing with the slight issue of acid erosion on my teeth. It's not really a massive problem, but it can be slightly irritating and can affect my day to day life. I wouldn't say I struggle at all, but I do bear it in mind and I'm sure there are thousands of you out there who put up with it on the daily as well!

What is Acid Erosion?

Acid erosion is essentially where the tooth's enamel has been broken down by acid. It is unfortunately irreversible, although there are some techniques that you can put in place to prevent it getting worse. The enamel protects the tooth, and with it being broken down, the tooth can be very sensitive to certain foods (usually acidic, surprise surprise!) and can cause discomfort in the mouth. 

What causes it?

You may be shocked to find out that it is in fact, acid which causes acid erosion! The two main culprits are stomach acids and acidic food/drink. Stomach acids eroding teeth is usually down to throwing up a lot, as it comes as part of the package. Acidic food and drink is usually the worst offender, with fizzy drinks, fruit juices and wine being the enemy. They definitely are for me! 

How to deal with acid erosion?

Avoiding foods and taking precautions are the ways that I deal with acid erosion. 

Foods and drinks to avoid
  • Fizzy Drinks - diet versions of fizzy drinks are usually more acidic, I *think* it is because of the sweeteners that they use instead of sugar. Obviously sugar is not very good for your teeth either! Diet Coke is definitely something that has negatively impacted my teeth.
  • Fruit Juices - thankfully I'm not fussed about these anyway, but I know that orange juice can be very damaging to your teeth. So do watch out if you're drinking this very regularly!
  • Wine - my teeth are always in a bit of a state after I've been drinking wine. I have found that white wine and rosé hurt my teeth more than red, but I've still found red to be a bit of a pain! As my teeth have been worn down, I get quite purple teeth when I drink red wine now! 
  • Fruit - I very rarely eat fruit anymore, which is a huge shame and I do miss it. As my acid erosion is behind my two top front teeth - biting into fruit is just a big no from me. Apples are the absolute worst.
If you are going to drink these though, my main tip is to use a straw! It helps me so much to limit the amount of acid getting on my teeth. It does unfortunately mean that you have to be that person who always asks for a straw. 

They are the top food and drinks I avoid, or try to limit as much as I can. At the end of the day, I love a good glass of red with a steak and Diet Coke fixes my hangovers. If you suffer from acid erosion, do let me know if there are any other foods you avoid. 

Precautions to take

It goes without saying that going to the dentist is the first place you should be going! A couple of easy ways of finding dentists in your area is through a quick google search or asking for recommendations from friends and family. It was the dentist who first picked up on my acid erosion and gave me advice on what to do about it. They also prescribed me some really good toothpaste, which is called Colgate Duraphat, this is only available through prescriptions though. 

Your choice of toothpaste and toothbrush is very important. I have tried a fair few different brands, but have stuck religiously to the Colgate 360 Sensitive Pro-Relief Extra Soft Toothbrush (£3.99). Every other toothbrush has just been too harsh on my teeth. If I have run out of the Duraphat toothpaste and haven't been able to go to the dentist, then there are two toothpastes that I like and would recommend. The first being the Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief (£3.80) and the second Sensodyne Pro Namel (£4.50). Both of which I have really liked and I don't have a preference between the two. The main priority in looking for toothpaste is finding one that is aimed at repairing and protecting tooth enamel. 

General good oral care is also extremely important in looking after your teeth, with or without acid erosion! One way of ensuring this is doing your research. One website that I have found to be excellent and filled with good advice is ToothStars. The website is a British dental magazine, written by professionals in the field with a huge wealth of knowledge. The website covers many aspects of oral hygiene, from children's oral hygiene, teeth whitening, mouth ulcers to teeth whitening. I particularly enjoyed Essential Tooth Brushing Tips, Five More Myths About Oral Hygiene and Teeth Whitening Health & Safety. There are so many informative articles on there, and I genuinely do believe that knowledge is power! 


I am not a doctor or dentist, so please don't take anything I have written as fact. But that is my experience with my teeth and I hope it may raise a little bit of awareness to the dangers of acid! Please do let me know if you have acid erosion or deal with any mouth/teeth related problems.

Thank you for reading! 

Love, Gweni xxx


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Friday, June 02, 2017

Runway Rogue

Runway Rogue

Runway Rogue Lipstick

Runway Rogue Lipstick

Runway Rogue Lipstick

Runway Rogue Lipstick

If you know me at all, you will know that I love a good lipstick. Although I am a big MAC fan, I have fallen in love with Rimmel lipsticks as well. So you can imagine my excitement at being sent a few lipsticks from the Runway Rogue collection!

The brand is actually situated in the US, created by Patricia Hartman who was a model back in the 90s. She was inspired and influenced by the impact that makeup could have on her face as a model and tunnelled that into creating her own range of makeup. You can shop the website by lipstick formula or by what attitude you are trying to create! A nice added touch, in my opinion. 

Runway Rogue sells lipsticks, lip liners and lip glosses. I was kindly given two lip liners and a lipstick to test out! The lip liners I have been testing are Sexy and Strut and the lipstick is Casting Call. The lip liners retail at $18 and the lipsticks at $21. 

The lip liners are super creamy and pigmented, as you can probably see from the pictures! Sexy is a beautiful red, that unfortunately didn't really go with the lipstick for me, but I have been able to pair it with other lipsticks. Strut is a fab deep purple colour, I'm looking forward to wearing this in Autumn! I definitely prefer these to the MAC lip liners. The creamy consistency reminds me of that of the Kylie Jenner lip pencils! 

The lipstick is beautifully pigmented as well. Casting Call is a beautiful deep red lip colour, perfect for evening events. The lipstick is really comfortable on the lip and lasts really well. It is advertised as a matte lipstick, but it does have a little bit more of a sheen than most matte lipsticks. This isn't a problem for me at all, but it may be for some! You can head over to my Instagram post to see the lipstick in action on my face. 

I have been really impressed with these products, especially the lip liners! I am always looking for new lip liners, for some reason I am lacking a little in this department - especially in comparison to my lipstick collection! 

I hope you enjoyed my review, let me know if you have tried any of their products! Thank you for reading. 

Love, Gweni xxx 


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Range

Moroccan Rose

Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose

Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose

Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose

I instantly fell in love with the Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose range after meeting them at the Blogger's Halloween Party. The girls at the stand were really lovely and it was a pleasure to be sent a couple of products from the range! Dr Botanicals is a vegan and cruelty free brand that specialise in skincare products. 

First up is the Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil (£25.99), which was the original product that I wanted to test out. I am slightly obsessed with rose products, I even love a good rose hip cocktail. So as you can imagine, I am in love with the smell of this oil. It just smells like pure rose, the right balance of floral and sweet. 

This superfood oil comes with a little pipette built into the lid, making it super easy to use. I tend to cleanse and tone my face as normal and then pop a couple of drops of this pink goodness onto my face. It rubs in really quickly and easily and leaves my skin feeling silky and soft. A little goes a really long way with this product! I haven't noticed a particular difference in my skin from using the product, but I do think it makes my foundation go on smoother. It really is the smell that has won my heart over.

I have also been testing out the Moroccan Rose Concentrated Body Oil (£34.74), which I really struggled with at the start. I wasn't 100% sure what I was supposed to do with it! After doing a bit of research, it seems as though you can either put a couple of drops in with your own moisturiser or add it to a bath. 

I thought I would test it out in the bath. I popped a couple of drops in the running water and it instantly bubbled up! I mean, there wasn't much but there was some! And my bath smelt amazing. YAY FOR ROSE. After spending a good hour in the bath, my skin was left feeling really soft and hydrated and smelt like roses. I literally smelt like roses.  

I really like the Dr Botanicals Rose range and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is as much of a rose fanatic as I am! There is actually a separate rose bath oil that is probably better for those of you who just want the oil for the bath as well. The facial oil is definitely my favourite, isn't the bottle just the prettiest as well?

Thank you so much for reading! Have you testing out anything from Dr Botanicals?

Use code: GWENI1 for 30% off everything on the Dr Botanicals website!

Love, Gweni xxx


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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Molton Brown Gourmand Collection

Molton Brown violet flower

Molton Brown gourmand

Molton Brown vanilla

Molton Brown gourmand

Over the last month or so, I have been testing out the beautiful Gourmand Collection from Molton Brown. There are a few different scents in the new collection, including Pear & Honey and Rose & Rhubarb. I have had a quick smell of those, and they are gorgeous, especially the Rose & Rhubarb! But it is actually the Exquisite Vanilla & Violet Flower range that I have been using. 

Molton Brown is one of those brands that I always walk past in John Lewis and spend absolutely ages smelling everything. I love the bright colours of the products, the sophisticated design of the bottles and the heavenly scents. I have bought a few Molton Brown products in the past to give as gifts, but have never bought the products for myself! 

Now that I have spent some time using the products, I am very glad that I have bought them as gifts in the past! The formula of the products is of very high quality, in line with its higher price tag. The Bath & Shower Gel retails at £20 and the Body Lotion at £25. You can get the two products in a gift box for £45 or there is a gift set which includes the two products plus a candle for £69

The range smells beautiful. Vanilla can be hit or miss with me, but this is definitely a hit. It is the clean vanilla scent, not that sickly sweet smell. There is a touch of floral on top of the clean vanilla scent, which is presumably the Violet Flower! It is quite a sweet scent overall, but not an overpowering sweet scent that you get sick of. It is light and very pleasant to the senses!

The formula of the shower gel is really lovely. I am not usually a big shower gel fan, more of a shower cream kind of girl, but I do like this shower gel! It's very easy to apply and smells lovely. Again, not overpowering but it does linger on the skin after a shower. As a shower cream enthusiast, I do lack that moisturised feeling after using shower gel in general. Thankfully, I can counter balance that with the Body Lotion!

I really love the Body Lotion. The formula is really thin, which means it spreads easily. It absorbs into the skin straight away, saving you that little bit of extra time! It is very silky and makes your skin feel instantly soft. Again, the scent isn't overpowering but it smells lovely and lasts a long time. It does fade a little throughout the day but not a lot! My skin feels moisturised all day. 

I have nothing but compliments for this range! The packaging is beaut, the formulas are of excellent quality and the scent is divine. They make for perfect gifts or just a little treat for you! 

Thank you for reading. Do you use any Molton Brown products?

Love, Gweni xxx


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Sunday, May 07, 2017

Velvet Teddy Dupes

Velvet Teddy Dupe

Velvet Teddy Dupe

A couple of years ago, Velvet Teddy was THE lipstick to have. Everyone was completely obsessed with it. Rightly so, it is is a really beautiful lipstick. I am a big fan of MAC lipsticks, especially the matte formula range. But as MAC lipsticks retail at £16.50, it is not exactly within everyone's budget. So today, I thought I would share with you my Velvet Teddy dupes!

The closest lipstick I have come across is Trendsetter from The Only 1 Matte lipstick range from Rimmel. I have actually written about this range here. The formula is very similar to the MAC formula, especially the way that it looks on the lip. It is very matte but comfortable on the lip. I honestly could not rave on about these lipsticks anymore than I already do. Go on my Instagram and you will see me wearing one of the lipsticks in pretty much every selfie! 

There really is very little between the two colours, Velvet Teddy might be the tiniest bit darker and slightly more orange? Let's be honest - there really is not much between the two! As for longevity on the lip, I do think that the MAC formula does wear a little bit better, again not enough that it makes any difference at all really. Especially as it is more than half of the price at £7.99!

Velvet Teddy Dupe

Velvet Teddy Dupe

As a bit of a bonus cruelty-free lipstick, I have added the Sleek VIP Semi-Matte Lipstick in Buzz. It isn't a !00% dupedupe, but it is really beautiful. As a semi-matte lipstick, it does have a bit of a sheen to it and doesn't last as long on the lip. But the colour isn't hugely far off, it is a bit lighter than the other two but you can definitely pair it with a darker liner to get the desired effect! This lipstick retails at £5.49.

Velvet Teddy

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! I really love coming across dupes and sharing them with you. Thank you for reading. 

Love, Gweni xxx


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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Daze Cosmetics

Daze cosmetics

Daze cosmetics glitter

Daze cosmetics unicorn pop

Daze cosmetics silver frost

daze cosmetics swatches

pressed glitter cheap

If you have been anywhere near my Instagram stories in the last month, you will have seen me obsessing over these beautiful pressed glitters from Daze Cosmetics quiteeee a few times! I cannot get enough. 

I have been looking into getting glitter for a long time and these were a bit of a post-exam treat for me! I came across the brand through Instagram and fell in love instantly. Daze Cosmetics is ran singlehandedly by Rosie in London. All of the glitters are handmade by Rosie, who is only 21! How impressive is that? You can check out the Daze Cosmetics website here

All of the shadows retail at £5 each, but you can buy some of the shadows in a little collection. For example, you can get Dolly, Unicorn Pop and Rose Gold together for £12.50. I think £5 is a very reasonable price to be paying for the shadows. For handmade pressed glitters, you are definitely getting your money's worth. It's not as if these are just your standard eye shadows!

The pressed glitters come in little pans that can be easily transferred to a Z palette. I am too much of a peasant to own a Z palette at the moment, I tend to buy eye shadow palettes rather than individuals! So my Daze Cosmetics glitters stay in their little plastic sleeves on the daily basis. 

As you can see from the photos, the glitters are absolutely gorgeous. They are super pigmented, even from the tiniest of swatches. The colours that Rosie has put together look beautiful in every single one of my shadows! It was honestly so hard to photograph and I really don't think I've done them justice. 

I have tried a couple of ways of applying the glitters and I found that using my fingers worked the best for me. I don't use a glitter glue or anything, something I've seen you do need to do with a few other pressed glitters! I use a normal eye primer, Benefit Stay Don't Stray is my current fave (review here), and then use normal matte eye shadow on my crease. I then pop the glitter on my lid! Easy. 

Unsurprisingly, using glitter means that there is always going to be a bit of a mess. There is a bit of fall out on the face when you first apply the glitter, so I do recommend doing your eye makeup first! I do that anyway but I know a lot people do their foundation etc first. It is really easy to clean up the excess glitter, I just use a standard eye makeup remover. Once I've done my face makeup, I did find that a couple of stray glitter pieces did make its way onto my face, but nothing that wasn't expected or easy to brush off! 

The durability of the glitter is fab. It doesn't budge at all once it's on! I was really surprised by this. I have actually slept in the glitter on two occasions and it was still pretty close to perfect in the morning! I am a lost cause when it comes to taking off makeup after a night out. Don't judge. 

I was a little worried that they might be a little irritating on the eye, but they're not at all! Very comfortable on the lid. I currently have very close to zero lashes on my top eyelid and the glitter didn't get into my eyes at all before I put on my falsies. Pretty impressive. 

Another concern I had was whether or not it would ruin my false lashes. I reuse my lashes to death, so it is quite important for me to not ruin them after just one wear! But I have been once again pleasantly surprised. When I took off my lashes the other night, the only glitter I could see on the lashes was where the glue was! I have since worn those lashes without any problem. 

The glitters I opted for were Pink Champagne, Rose Gold, Unicorn Pop and Silver Frost. Again, all retailing at £5 each. All of them are super beautiful and I am so glad I got them all! Pink Champagne and Rose Gold are beautiful shades, both of them are great for a bit of a different take on a smokey eye. I thought it was a good idea to get a classic silver glitter, Silver Frost, for those evenings where you don't really want to add colour to your smokey eye but still want those glitter feels.

Unicorn Pop is probably my favourite one at the moment. I wore it to a Sleek event at the end of April and loved it. It is just the perfect pink glitter! It has a hint of silver in it as well, which makes it that little bit more wearable. I paired it with the pink shadows in the ABS Modern Renaissance palette. I was completely obsessed with my eye makeup. I got so many compliments on the glitter that night!

They have a few new glitters on the website that have been brought out since placing my order. I definitely have my eye on Cherry Berry, which a really bright but deep pink colour and Sea Turtle which a pretty turquoise colour! SO MUCH PRETTY.

Safe to say, I absolutely love these glitters. They are super pigmented, beautiful, comfortable to wear and last all night. What more could you want? If you're looking to invest in some pretty pressed glitters whilst helping out a small business - get your hands on some Daze Cosmetics! I honestly could not recommend them anymore. Definitely a brand to look out for over the next year or so! 

PHEW. Who knew I had so much to say about glitter? Thank you so much for reading! Please do let me know your thoughts on Daze Cosmetics and or if you have tried any of the pressed glitters.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Pore Deleting Products

Makeup for blackheads


Pore Deleting Products

Pore Deleting Products

I have always "struggled" with blackheads on my nose (grim), so I am always looking for ways of minimising them and their effect on my makeup. Obviously, foundation is great for covering up your pores but I have found over the past few years that using the right primers also make a huge difference.

By focusing on getting the correct products to use before foundation, I have found that my makeup goes on smoother and looks much more even. They also have the additional benefit of making your makeup last longer!

First up is the Pore Control from Hylamide (£23). This product works instantly and I am mildly obsessed with it. The packaging is really beautiful, I really do love a good glass bottle. It has a small pipette inside the lid to allow you to pick up product from inside the bottle quickly, easily and without wasting the product. 

I just pop three or four drops across my face and then rub in like any other face product. It instantly blurs out my nose and gives a really even look to my skin. It does not feel like much on the skin at all, you could easily wear this without makeup on top! 

Once I have blurred out my skin with the Pore Control, I then commence with one of my all time products - the Benefit Porefessional (£26)! I have spoken about this primer so many times, but I don't care. That's how much I love it. 

This product is so silky, it applies like a complete dream. It further blurs my pores, but while giving my skin something for foundation to stick to. It works really well with every foundation I have used, the two I have been using most recently are the Estée Lauder Double Wear and the Makeup Forever HD Foundation. Both of which have gotten on well with the primer! 

I am a huge fan of the way that these two products make my skin look, you can't tell that I have grim blackheads at all! My skin looks silky smooth and it is a bonus that it makes my foundation last longer as well! 

Have you ever used any of these products? What are your favourite products for busting your pores?

Thank you for reading!

Love, Gweni xxx


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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don't Stray Eye Primer

Benefit Stay Don't Stray

Benefit Stay Don't Stray

Benefit Stay Don't Stray

As someone who wears eye shadow pretty religiously, combined with winged liner and false lashes, it is really important that I have the right eye primer. I have actually written about the Stay Don't Stray  (£22) primer a few times but I still wanted to share it a little bit more love!

I had a couple of the mini bottles a while back and loved the product, so last Summer I bought the full sized version in duty free. The mini bottles lasted me a really long time and I have barely touched the sides with this full-sized bottle.

The product comes with a "dip & dap" wand, which is really soft on the eye. As someone who often has sore eyelids, this is pretty important to me. The formula is of quite a thin liquid consistency, which makes it very easy to spread all over the eyelid. As the colour of the product is a pale nude colour, it is perfect for my skin tone. It gives me a real blank canvas to go and ruin with my mediocre eye makeup skills!

I have found in the past that some primers are great for putting product onto, but a little bit more tough to blend. I don't have this problem at all with this primer. You can pack on the product and know it will last all day, but you can also do a lot of detail in the crease without having any difficulty blending. Has anyone else found some primers to be a little too stubborn? Or is this just my own pet peeve?

So all in all, 10/10 from G Bear. Although the price is a little steep, it has lasted me a really long time so far and I'm sure it will last at least another 6 months! 

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Estée Lauder The Illuminator


Over the last few months, I have been testing out the Illuminator Primer and Finisher by Estée Lauder (£25). I have been really impressed with it! As a big fan of the MAC Strobe cream, this was definitely down my street.

The formula is seriously silky but quite thick and applies really well to the skin. You can feel it working as a primer as it feels a little tacky on the skin. I don't use a lot, a little amount goes a really long way. 

When you squeeze the product out of the tube, the product is a pretty pearl colour with a hint of gold shimmer. When it is on the skin, it isn't hugely obvious but you can definitely see that there is a bit of sparkle in there! It illuminates my skin, giving it that healthy glow. 

I then proceed with pairing it with the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation. I have loved this foundation for the longest time! The foundation goes on like a dream on top of this primer. The foundation is quite thick, so it needs as much help as possible to apply!

It does cover up a fair amount of the shimmer from the primer but the glow still shines through. I have found that foundation does last that little bit longer on my skin as well.

You can actually use this product as a highlighter on top as well! I have done that a couple of times, and it did look really pretty, but I prefer to keep it as just a primer. There's something about liquid highlighters that I am just not a fan of!

All in all, Gweni approves. If you find your Double Wear is a little bit too matte for your liking, definitely give this primer a go. As a longstanding Estée Lauder fan, it really isn't a big surprise that I love this primer! 

Have you ever used this primer? Or any Estée Lauder primers? 

Thank you for reading!

Love, Gweni xxx


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sleek Contour Kit

Sleek MakeUP Contour Kit

Sleek MakeUP Contour Kit

Sleek MakeUP Contour Kit

Sleek MakeUP Contour Kit


As someone who is usually in a rush to get her makeup done, I am always looking for ways to cut time in the morning. One easy, but very effective way of doing this is by use of contour kits. In the past, I have found these to be quite hit and miss. I have often found that not all of the three powders in the kit is up to scratch, very annoying!

But one contour kit that has stood out to me is the Sleek contour kit. Sleek is one of those brands who are forever bringing out great products. I have really loved their liquid lipsticks in the past as well as their eye shadow palettes. I have always heard people rave on about their contour kits but for some reason never tried them! That has now changed, and I can say that I am a little bit in love. 

I have been using the Sleek MakeUP Face Form kit in Fair. This kit comes with a bronzing powder, a blusher and a highlighting powder. It comes in a little black compact, as per all of their products, with a mirror inside. You cannot underestimate the power of the mirror! It is really easy to pop in your makeup bag, taking up a much smaller space than if you were to have all three products there separately. At £9.99, it saves you a fair amount of money as well!

My favourite powder is definitely the bronzing powder. I love a good matte bronzer and this one does not disappoint! The colour is a great colour for contouring, as it isn't too orange at all. It is just that perfect bronze shade. It blends out really easily, obviously something really important when trying to achieve chiselled cheekbones. 

The blusher is a really beautiful coral shade that I love applying to the apples of my cheeks. You don't need to use much of this product as it is quite pigmented. The shade is really lovely for Spring and Summer! 

Last up is the highlighting powder. I like to highlight the top of my cheekbones and brow bones, the tip of my nose and my cupids bow with this powder. It is one of those highlighters that would suit everyone, as it is a classic silver champagne highlighter. You can use a little or a large amount of this, depending on how sparkly you want your face to look! I obviously opt for more.

All in all, really love this contour kit. It has become a staple in my makeup bag and I won't be parting with it any time soon! 

Have you ever used this kit? Do you like Sleek MakeUP products?

Thank you for reading!

Love, Gweni xxx


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This post contains press samples but all opinions are my own.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spring Beauty Haul






I'm not usually one for doing haul posts, but I recently have bought a few new bits and wanted to share them with you! 


This is actually a repurchase for me. I have been scraping the barrel for about two months with concealer and it was about time that I went all out and bought a new one. Absolutely love this concealer, the formula is great on top of foundation. As the name suggests, it is very creamy! It blends well and does not crease on me. I use it predominately under my eye area but I do like to use it to highlight the centre of my nose as well! Very excited to have this back in my life. I opted for the shade Vanilla.


This is a new buy for me, and so far I am really loving it. I have to admit, I am absolutely pants when it comes to powders. So this is my attempt at getting into them! It was recommended to be used with a puff, but at an extra £13 I opted against it. I have just been using a big face brush with this product and it has worked well for me! So far, so good but I may invest in a cheaper puff in the future!


I am a HUGE sucker for Clinique skincare. I have been using the three step for around ten years and the makeup remover range for at least two years. The eye makeup remover is so good and the cleansing balm is easily my favourite makeup remover. But this oil was the only one I hadn't tried! After using it a couple of times, I have found it has a similar effect to the cleansing balm - but it doesn't leave your face as moisturised afterwards. Other than that, it works really well as a makeup remover! Even on my eye makeup, which often includes stubborn lash glue.


Following from above, big Clinique fan. I was given the Sonic Brush a few years ago but stopped using it for a while at some point. As it had been two years, I thought it was PROBABLY a bit gross to carry on using that head if I were to get back into it. So your gal bought a new brush head. I'm looking forward to incorporating the Sonic Brush back into my skincare routine!


I accidentally forgot to photograph this, mega soz from me. But I did actually get this as well! I love my lip liner in Edge to Edge and have been wanting to branch out into more MAC lip liners recently, and thought I would go with a cult classic. At first I wasn't that impressed by it but since wearing it on a couple of evening events, it has grown on me A LOT. I pair it with Twig lipstick and have found it gives you a really lovely dark pink nude lip. It is really good for overdrawing the lip, one of the main reasons why I wanted to buy it!


All in all, I am so happy with my new purchases! Have you tried any of these products? What are your latest purchases?

Love, Gweni xxx


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